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Friday, April 12, 2013
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LAHORE

 

SPEAKERS from different religions and schools of thought at a universal peace conference Thursday stressed the need for bringing all religions closer in order to promote global peace and harmony.

 

They reiterated that Islam strongly stresses upon respecting the security and honour of all human beings especially the minorities, and those causing any harm to the minorities were violating the basic teachings of Islam.

 

The conference was held under the aegis of Interfaith Council for Peace and Harmony, chaired by Badshahi Nasjid Khateeb Maulana Abdul Khabeer Azad.

 

Global Mission Awareness Chairman Dr Lafe Heathland, Provincial Law Minister Shams Mehmood Mirza, Dr Alexander John Malik, Saudi diplomat Sheikh Badar Tayyebi, Allama Zubair Ahmad Zaheer, Allama Niaz Naqvi, Hafiz Tahir Ashrafi, Maulana Amjad Khan, Muhammad Khan Leghari, Kazim Raza Naqvi, Mufti Abdul Moeed, Prof Zafarullah Khan, Mufti Saifullah Khalid, Dr Marcus Fida, Sardar Bishen Singh, Kamran Michael, Dr Manohar Chand, Janam Singh, Allama Hussain Akbar, Hafiz Asad Ubaid, Father James Channan and other noted personalities also spoke on the occasion.

 

The speakers also praised the efforts of Badshahi Masjid ex- Khateeb late Maulana Abdul Qadir Azad, who was among the pioneers of interfaith harmony in the country, and said his efforts had now grown into a full-fledged movement.

 

They noted that serious efforts were underway all over the world for bringing all the religions closer.

 

Terming it a good cause, they said more emphasis was needed towards this goal in the countries like Pakistan.

 

Mentioning the incidents of arson against the Christian community, the speakers stressed that Islam strictly prohibits punishing any community for the crime of an individual, adding that miscreants in all the religions should be tracked and brought to the book.